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Wire Taps: The Nationals start “must-win” series with Marlins; Nats’ postseason rotation planning + more

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series with the Marlins in Miami...

Washington at Miami David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The writers covering the Nationals on the internet apparently took advantage of the off day (we sure did) to rest up and get ready for the next few weeks where the season will be, one way or another, decided. Hope you got some rest. Go read your links...


Postseason Chatter:

Nationals-Marlins series all must-win games for Washington - (WaPost)
"But this is the reality the Nationals have played themselves into with 10 days and 11 games left in their regular season. They have no choice but to beat up on the Marlins in Miami this weekend."

Wild-card tracker: Cubs drop out of wild-card spot -- for now - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals took Thursday off. But, they kept hold of their wild-card lead during the break."

Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg lined up as Wild-Card Game options if Nationals make it - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Pitching on Tuesday means Scherzer can pitch Sunday in game 162 if the Nationals need to win to get in."

Nationals Notes:

How Daniel Hudson became the Nationals’ most important reliever - (WaPost)
"The veteran right-hander went from failed starter to fireman, stabilizing one of the league's worst units."

Sean Doolittle has struggled to rediscover what made him successful. So he changed - (WaPost)
"Sean Doolittle is no longer using the radical approach that made him elite."

Howie Kendrick's offensive tear impresses younger Nationals teammates - (Washington Times)
"Howie Kendrick admits he is too old and banged up physically to be an everyday player in the major leagues."


Nats instructional league underway (AFL update) - (MASN)
"The Nationals instructional league began with the first workout Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla. The roster includes first-round selections in right-handers Mason Denaburg, Jackson Rutledge and left-hander Seth Romero."

Here's each team's Fall League sleeper prospect - (
"Nationals: Sterling Sharp, RHP (No. 13) - Despite his 5.90 ERA at NCAA Division II Drury (Mo.) in 2016, the Nationals still signed Sharp for $40,000 in the 22nd round because they liked the action on his low-90s sinker."

Pipeline names Nationals Prospects of the Year - (
"[Carter] Kieboom, who turned 22 this month, is still the most promising player in the Nationals’ system."